If you have not done so yet, go and scroll over the dots on the map for International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD), and check out what your colleagues at institutions around the world did to celebrate the event on November 10.
You may come across the Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu, Estonia, which raised awareness about ways for anyone to easily contribute to cleaner oceans. Young visitors tele-talked with children in another city at Play Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of the day’s ISCSMD activities focused on the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Regional Science Centre in Bhopal, India, offered one of its famous Popular Talks on the topic of health and hygiene and a poster making contest on health issues for high and middle school students, both supporting SDG #3, Good Health and Well-Being. An ISCSMD program at Discovery Station in Hagerstown, Maryland, United States, explored climate change and ocean conservation, supporting SDG #13, Climate Action, and SDG #14, Life below Water.
The Monastir Sciences Palace in Tunisia explored energy provision and climate-change prevention (SDG #7, Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG #13, Climate Action). At the Birla Industrial & Technological Museum in Kolkata, India, the “Built from Scrap” design competition was just one of eight ISCSMD programs offered during the day (SDG #9, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure and SDG #12, Responsible Consumption and Production).
The SONBOLA Group for Education & Development in Aanjar, Lebanon—which provides education to Syrian refugee children—highlighted its special focus on quality education, innovation, and sustainability. The Queensland Museum in South Brisbane, Australia, offered free entry to celebrate the day. A science cafe on ISCSMD at Maloka in Bogota, Colombia, facilitated conversations among women scientist role models and girls as part of its effort to reduce gender inequality in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers, helping to advance SDG #5, Gender Equality.
In the United States, Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City invited visitors to make wildflower seed bombs, experiment with wind turbines, and explore simple changes that allow us to live more sustainably. The Science Centre Singapore (which joined the ISCSMD’s 2017 “Global Experiment” themed on reducing mosquito-borne illnesses) organized a three-day road show called “Wipeout!” that gave visitors a chance to “meet the mozzies!”
These are just a few of hundreds of stories . . . and hundreds of thousands of lives influenced . . . during just one day at the world’s science centers and museums.
If you have an ISCSMD story to share, please do so here—and help capture the essence of the day of science celebration around the world with your words and pictures.